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Fishing in Port Washington
Port Washington, named after the first US President, holds one of the largest fishing fleets among the Great Lakes. The reputation of Port Washington fishing charters and their record-breaking Chinook (King) catches lures angling enthusiasts from all over the country. The fishing’s great, and it’s hard to resist the Midwestern hospitality and historic charm of the town. So, what is the secret of this picturesque harbor?
Port Washington fishing is nothing short of excellent. Curled up by seven hills of Lake Michigan, the city is located on the western shore of the lake, Wisconsin side. Here, the lake drops off fast, which eliminates the long travel. It gives boaters less time motoring and more time catching. But what fish are in Lake Michigan?
With a wealth of biological diversity, Lake Michigan holds world-class fisheries. Port Washington fishing charters take anglers of all skill levels to experience one of the greatest assets of the Midwest. You don’t even have to be an experienced professional to thoroughly enjoy the lake. If you crave an offshore adventure but open oceans scare you, Port Washington is the key. Some of the finest Salmon and Trout fishing is within easy reach just outside the breakwaters of the harbor.
Fishing in Wisconsin is a seasonal pleasure. The fishing year begins in April, and each spring is different. Will it be Coho or King first? You never know until you try!
That said, when the lake’s waters are covered in ice, the bite is still hot. You can target your favorite Trout close to the area’s bays, marinas, and shores. Be careful though - ice-fishing is only safe when you have a professional guide by your side.
Rules & Regulations
Before you make the first cast, make sure you have your Wisconsin fishing license with the Great Lakes Salmon and Trout stamp.
Types of Fishing
Port Washington Salmon fishing is something that can easily keep you awake at night. When you’re visualizing your Port Washington fishing charter, you can expect to see Cohos and Kings. These are the lake’s most precious possessions. It comes as no surprise that they are tough fighters. When you manage to land your line-ripping Silver and Chinook Salmon and try them for dinner later, it will surely taste like the victory. Plus, rumor has it, Pink and Atlantic Salmon can also be spotted patrolling the waters of the lake.
Trolling for Salmon with planer boards is the bread and butter technique for the majority of the local anglers. Trout fishing Wisconsin-style requires a good planer plan as well. Target spawning Steelhead with ‘spawn skeins’ and cured eggs tied into bags. When the water is colder, go for ‘body baits’, artificial imitations of prey. Get your bait to the fish with leadercore line if you are a fan of heavy metal.
Anglers almost jump with excitement as skyrocketing Steelhead come within range of the fly or spinning rod. Fishing for Trout in the lake is almost like hunting. Perfecting the cast can take decades, and the locations of the ‘honey holes’ is a knowledge that captains pass for generations. Once you locate your Steelhead, they will give you a challenging fight. If you catch it, prepare to run. And don’t be too surprised if they break your lines! This is why you need a good Port Washington fishing charter to learn how Salmon and Trout fishing should be done.
Because of the stiff drop off even a short trip can be productive. But the more time you spend on the water the more different areas you can cover. Port Washington charter boats have one of the top Chinook Salmon catches in the whole area of Wisconsin. It’s definitely worth your time!
Port Washington Fishing Seasons
Port Washington Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Port Washington
"Fishing with Tim"
Stay at Holiday Inn. Easy 3 minute walk to your boat.
"Afternoon trip with Captain Dennis"
Absolutely - We were told that fishing is better in June
"5AM trip with Captain Andy"
Look for the free parking spots or be sure to bring quarters for the parking meter.
Top Targeted Species in Port Washington
- Size 5 to 15lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Average
- Habitats Lake
- Size 3 to 30lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats River, Lake, Inshore
- Size 2 to 40 lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Excellent
- Habitats Lake, River
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